There’s one characteristic that distinguishes the students who graduate coding bootcamp from the ones that drop out a day, a week, or a month after starting.
It’s not their technical background, their outside responsibilities, or even their innate intelligence.
It is this:
Coding bootcamp is not easy for anyone. 10-12 hours per day, 7 days a week of intense mental exertion is hard–very hard.
It might be a little easier for someone who has a technical background, or a little harder for someone who has a family, but either way it is HARD. Either way, you will have days when you feel like you are drowning.
The one and only thing that separates the graduates from the dropouts is resilience.
The question you need to ask yourself before you sign on the dotted line is this:
When my mind shuts down, and my body is exhausted…when every cell is screaming “Give up! Give up! Give up!” How will I react?
For most people, the answer is “I will make an excuse, and tell myself this wasn’t right for me.”
For those of us who graduate (and I WILL be one of those who graduates), the answer is “I will take a break, curse the world for a few minutes, and then get back to work.”